The 2017 STEM Educators Summit


The 2017 STEM Educators Summit was held May 6, 2017, at the UNH School of Law in Concord, NH


Meet our Speaker!

We are excited to host Dr. Chris Dede, the Timothy E. Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, as our keynote speaker this year.

Chris Dede photo

Chris Dede is the Timothy E. Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education (HGSE).  His fields of scholarship include emerging technologies, policy, and leadership.  From 2001-2004, he was Chair of the HGSE department of Teaching and Learning.  In 2007, he was honored by Harvard University as an outstanding teacher, and in 2011 he was named a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association.  From 2014-2015, he was a Visiting Expert at NSF, Directorate of Education and Human Resources.

Chris has served as a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Foundations of Educational and Psychological Assessment, a member of the U.S. Department of Education’s Expert Panel on Technology, and a member of the 2010 National Educational Technology Plan Technical Working Group.  In 2013, he co-convened a NSF workshop on new technology-based models of postsecondary learning; and in 2015 he led two NSF workshops on data-intensive research in the sciences, engineering, and education.  His edited books include: Scaling Up Success: Lessons Learned from Technology-based Educational Improvement, Digital Teaching Platforms: Customizing Classroom Learning for Each Student, and Teacher Learning in the Digital Age: Online Professional Development in STEM Education.

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Printable Map

Campus map of UNH School of Law

Use the Rudman Center entrance (#2 on the map).

UNH School of Law

The 2017 Summit will take place at 2 White St., Concord, NH. Two parking lots are available.

Workshop List

Diving Into Teaching with the NGSS Science Practices, Grades K-12

Lara Gengarelly and Melissa Lombard

Diving Into Teaching with the NGSS Science Practices is derived from Dive In! and exemplifies what it is really like to plunge into the new world of practice-based science learning and teaching. The instructional approach we term science practice integration (SPI) grew out of a teacher–scientist project at the University of New Hampshire that promoted active learning and using science practices in the classroom. This project yielded detailed examples of how veteran teachers and their students can make the leap required by A Framework for K–12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The goal of this workshop is to explore the successes, challenges, and strategies of making the instructional shift to SPI. We will feature vignettes and field-tested learning activities that offer authentic teacher perspectives about conducting student investigations and integrating science practices that align with NGSS and illustrate a range of investigations teachers can adopt or adapt, regardless of grade level or science content focus.


Feeling loopy? Let's get it straight on loop-related concepts in programming, Grades K-12

Karen Jin

Loop is a fundamental concept in computational thinking, but also notoriously known as one of the most difficult for novice learners. In block-based environments such as Scratch, misconceptions of loop are still common despite the user-friendly programming syntax.  This workshop will focus on techniques of teaching loop-related concepts beyond a specific programming language or environment.  For anyone who is interested in teaching K-12 programming.


Get students exploring their world using GIS, Grades K-12

Shane Bradt

Online mapping is a powerful method for motivating and enabling students to explore their world, regardless of topic or grade level. Using GIS in the classroom used to require a great deal of computer experience and specialized software, but any school can now get access to free, easy-to-use online mapping which runs on almost any computer or tablet. One such online mapping platform, ArcGIS Online, allows students to easily create maps, collaborate with others, collect data with smartphones or tablets, and share maps with the public. Come join us to discover how ArcGIS Online could be used in your classroom!


Integrating technology into STEM classrooms, Grades K-12

Sameer Honwad

The purpose of this workshop is to provide an introduction to the principles and practices within the field of educational technology design. The course focuses on how to combine theory and practice within the field of educational technology so as to understand the use of technology based learning tools to support learning in and out of the classroom. As a part of this workshop we will critically examine representative educational technology designs, their components, methodologies, theoretical underpinnings, and the types of learning, content, and learners they support. While studying these designs our focus will be on the process through which technologies can be integrated successfully into the classroom. The workshop will combine strategies of learning and technology diffusion so as to explore why certain technologies can be successfully integrated into the classroom, while some other technologies are harder to use in the classroom learning environment.  Finally as a part of the workshop we will also discuss “how to design” a technology based learning environment to support optimal learning among the learners


SEL and STEM: Exploring how to integrate social emotional learning (SEL) with active STEM learning in the early childhood classroom, PreK-Grade 2

Brandie Bolduc

How do we get our students actively involved in exploring without our room evolving into chaos?  How do we take a risk in order to allow our students to take a risk?  The foundational skills of self-management and decision-making are requisite for effective active STEM learning in the EC classroom, this workshop will explore how educators can provide opportunities to establish and support both SEL skills and foundational/discovery skills needed for all aspects of STEM (with an emphasis on early mathematics).


STEM from the START, Grades K-2

Susan Adams, Dennis Klein, Georgia Maguire, NHPTV,,,

Participants will get the chance to work directly with one of the STEM from the START's video lessons and see how they will be able to use these free, web-based materials immediately in their K-2 classrooms.


Elementary GLOBE: Weather Adds up To Climate, Grades K-4

Haley Wicklein

Come experience the Elementary GLOBE program, which introduces primary students to Earth System Science through science-based storybooks and learning activities.  Using the new Climate unit, we will learn a simple way to turn daily weather observations (such as those taken in morning meeting) into a year-long data collection project. Through this, students learn how senses and instruments can be used to describe weather and that long term weather patterns are called climate.  We will also explore other climate learning activities, such as modeling sea level rise, and discuss correlations to NGSS.


Investigating Circuits - An Inquiry Approach, Grades 3-8

Claes Thelemarck

This workshop will explore an inquiry based approach to learning about electrical circuits. We will use batteries, strings of holiday lights and other simple components to stimulate learner curiosity about electrical circuits and to lead them on a path of discovery that includes asking questions, planning and conducting investigations and other NGSS Science Practices.  Teachers will leave with a better sense of how to incorporate NGSS Science practices in their classroom and how to shift a lesson to one that allows more learner responsibility.


STEM Connections to Food Systems Curriculum, Grades 3-8

Sarah Grosvenor

In this workshop we will cover topics related to Food Systems with particular attention on how food systems can contribute to a healthy community through interrelated components, actions and results.  Interwoven will be how to address Food Systems into your classroom with an emphasis on Inquiry Teaching and Next Generation Science Standards and Science Practices.    


STEM, NGSS, and the Floating Lab Grades 5-12

Mark Wiley

An introduction to how the UNH Marine Docent Coastal Floating Lab program can help teachers address NGSS, STEM, and engage students in a unique field-based program. Participants will learn how the program works, what students do, and the NGSS concepts that the program supports. Participants will also discuss ideas for connecting to classroom-based activities and funding ideas.


Integrating Earthquake Science into Middle and High School Classrooms, Grades 6-12

Stephen Hale, Erik Froburg;

This workshop provides an introduction to using a classroom "earthquake machine." The EQ machine is an easily built classroom tool that replicates the slip and release process of several types of earthquakes, and allows students to manipulate variables and collect data related to plate movement. This workshop is a brief introduction to a multi-day earthquake workshop for middle school teachers, to be offered during the 2017-18 academic year, however the activity is also adaptable to other class settings that explore topics such as friction and energy transfer. We will be focusing on the earthquake machine as a lab activity, without presenting any Earth Science background content.


Introduction to Bird Observation in Urban and Suburban Settings, Grades 6-12

Steve Hale

This workshop introduces basics of birding as a mutual-experiential class activity that benefits the teacher and the student. Birdwatching strengthens many science practice skills in the area of observation, description, pattern recognition, scaling, and form/function relationships. Other important biological content on species concepts, evolution/adaptation, ecology, morphology can be supported through birding. Topics covered in this workshop include binocular/scope use, field guide use, and online resources.  Please bring binoculars, your favorite field guide, and laptop if you have them.

Participants should bring binoculars, a favorite field guide, and laptop if they have them.  This workshop will take place outdoors - rain or shine, dress accordingly.


Personal Genomics Education, Grades 6-12

Sarah Prescott

Explore the world of personal genomics and how you can help your students understand what it means and how it will be a part of their lives.  A brief introduction to various personal genomics consumer tests currently available and a range of data you can explore will be presented, as well as how it can be incorporated into classroom activities.  If you bring your laptop you will be able to explore real data from the presenter’s genome test results!  An overview of a novel personal genomics course offered at UNH will also be included in the discussion of resources and expertise available for future work.


STEM+C, Grades 7-12

David Benedetto

In this workshop, we will discuss how computing impacts the STEM disciplines, and explore intersections and opportunities for integration among science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and computer science.



New to the STEM Educators Summit? Check out the 2016 Summit